Coudenberg Palace, Brussels Overview

Coudenberg is a small hill that is home to one of the most palaces that rests on this planet. The beauty of Coudenberg Palace astounds every eye that meets the view of this magnificent monument and invites several historians and architecture lovers from across the world. Charles V and other rulers resided in this prestigious castle, each modifying the palace until it was caught on fire in 1731 that burnt the whole place down. However, the ruins continue to attract tourists to this fascinating archaeological site.

The Coudenberg Palace is surrounded by a lot of mansions that were constructed by various rulers that ruled in the past centuries. Visitors take a tour of the underground ruins of the then-residence of Charles V, along with the church that was recently constructed by two French Architects, Montoyer and Guimard. The only remains of the Palace include the main banqueting hall Aula Magna, the cellars of the main palace and the warehouse under the chapel, all of these being part of The Centre of Fine Arts. The ruins also include several stairs and passages leading to nowhere, that were once a part of the palace. The 8 centuries-old underground city has several writings on the walls that you’ll observe as you walk through the cellars and vaults. There is a Wifi audio tour of the palace, along with BELvue - a museum in Brussels that lies at the entrance of the palace. A whole tour of the palace will take 1.5 to 2 hours depending upon your pace. 

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Tips

  1. Download a free audio tour from the internet on your mobile. This will save you the cost of hiring the guide. 
  2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as you might have to walk a long way.
  3. At the end of your tour, you will exit from a totally different place so keep all your belongings with yourself only. 
  4. Try to stay in or near a group/crowd. You might lose your way and get stuck in a totally isolated place. 

How to Reach Coudenberg Palace

Bus: If travelling by bus, you can take the ones numbered 27, 38, 71 and 95.

Tram: You can also take trams 92 and 93 to reach the palace.

Train: Train can be taken to the Central Station.

History

The Coudenberg Palace is surrounded by a lot of mansions that were constructed by various rulers that ruled in the past centuries. Visitors take a tour of the underground ruins of the then-residence of Charles V, along with the church that was recently constructed by two French Architects, Montoyer and Guimard. The only remains of the Palace include the main banqueting hall Aula Magna, the cellars of the main palace and the warehouse under the chapel, all of these being part of The Centre of Fine Arts. The ruins also include several stairs and passages leading to nowhere, that were once a part of the palace. The 8 centuries-old underground city has several writings on the walls that you’ll observe as you walk through the cellars and vaults. There is a Wifi audio tour of the palace, along with BELvue - a museum in Brussels that lies at the entrance of the palace. A whole tour of the palace will take 1.5 to 2 hours depending upon your pace. 

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